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Comment: Re:What part of "Consent" Don't You Understand? (Score 4, Insightful) 306

by Alrescha (#49135231) Attached to: Reddit Imposes Ban On Sexual Content Posted Without Permission

"And I take my stand that this is a vile statement that devalues actual rape"

This. A thousand times this.

Using a hotword like rape to generate an emotional reaction to support your cause does a disservice to everyone, especially to those who are victims of actual rape.

A.

Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 1) 240

by Alrescha (#49133685) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

I am replying only because you were tragically upvoted.

"Fear is a very, very bad advisor. It makes you massively overestimate rare risks, while you get blinded for real risks because they are familiar."

Hello, complete comprehension failture: I was referring to parents of children who *have* a potentially deadly allergy. When your child can die as a result of a cafeteria milk splash, fear is a perfectly reasonable reaction.

"That account you read was published exactly because it was an exceptionally rare event."

Wow. Despite not knowing the subject, the author, or the publication in which the account was published, you somehow know the nature of the condition and the reason for documenting the event. Just wow.

A.

Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 1) 240

by Alrescha (#49122367) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

"Nut allergies are mostly mass hysteria"

Possibly, but be careful here: for people with the allergies, this is very real.

After reading an account of doctors fighting to save the life of a child who was given a *teaspoon* of milk - in a controlled hospital setting - I have a new appreciation for the fear these parents have.

A.
(not to mention that the tone of your post leads one to believe that you would be the first to demand restrictions if it turned out that your child was the one with a deadly allergy and "fuck people who want to bring peanuts to school")

Comment: Re:Dumb question (Score 5, Funny) 240

by Alrescha (#49121679) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

"Were nut allergies always so high and just not reported or is this a more recent development?"

In the 70s at summer camp the government sent us more surplus peanut products than we knew what to do with. The place was littered with open #10 cans* of peanuts. I've never eaten so many peanuts in my life.

No-one ever said the word "allergy".

A.

* that's not "hashtag 10", kids. It's "number 10", a size corresponding to about 110 ounces. It's probably an LD50 quantity of peanuts :-)

Comment: Re:Price matters. (Score 1) 26

by Alrescha (#49096089) Attached to: Tim O'Reilly On Big Data, CS Education, and the Future of Print

"Tell everyone that ad-supported hardware will be going away, and that new fancy cell phone will cost $900 on top of the contract."

The problem with your statement is that it implies that there is someone other than the consumer who pays for advertising.

If advertising went away tomorrow, the aggregate cost of all goods sold would go down as a result (and we would stop paying for crap that *nobody* wants).

A.

Comment: Re:Schwab - max 8 chars! (Score 1) 271

by Alrescha (#49002699) Attached to: Why Gmail Has Better Security Than Your Bank

"having to carry another device...is just not practical when Authy and Google Authenticator etc are available."

It's the size of a thumb drive. Calling that "not practical" is ridiculous. Also, I cannot imagine a scenario where I would entrust the authentication of a brokerage account to a third party.

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